Crack Yourself Up: a kids joke book review

When given the chance to review this joke book for kids, Crack Yourself Up by Sandy Silverthore, I jumped at the chance immediately. My eldest recently entered kindergarten and is on the verge of reading. Additionally this summer two of his dearest buddies started to teach him the art of the joke, puns in particular. And since….

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Cashel Man loves to make others laugh and to crack himself up, which always has me in stitches, I knew this book would be a hit! I quickly requested it and we gave it to him as a birthday gift.

Little did I know how much laughter it would bring to him and to all of us. My favorite joke (found on the back cover) can bring me chuckles at the oddest moments.

Knock knock. Who’s there?

Alex. Alex who?

Alex the questions around here.

See what I mean? These jokes are good for everyone. With 135 pages and an average of 4-6 jokes per page you are sure to find some that have you rolling as well. Be prepared that the next time I see you I might be pulling one out to try on you.

It has been hugely motivating to him to learn to read, but in the meantime he regularly asks us to read and teach him jokes and puns written by Silverthorne. He loves to have us explain to him the puns so that he fully understands them and can frequently be heard using them to make loved ones and friends laugh.

What did the janitor say when he jumped out of the closet? Supplies!

What did the hamburger named his daughter? Patty.

What do you call a pile of kittens? A meowtain.

I believe the book specifies ages 6 – 12 and while I do agree, as our boy just turned 6, I will add that if you are buying this for a kiddos on the younger end of that range you will end up explaining many of the jokes. I even came across one that was a play on words that I had to look up. But that’s part of the fun I guess!

What musical instrument is found in the bathroom? A tuba toothpaste.

What kind of lights did Noah use on the ark? Flood lights.

I love the art done in this book by Silverthorne himself. You can see the style on the cover of the book, but it just gets better throughout.

Grab a copy of this as a gift or for yourself, I don’t think you’ll be disappointed. It is filled with all kinds of knock-knock jokes, puns, and all kinds of themes – there is bound to be a joke that tickles your fancy too. I will for sure be grabbing another of Silverthorne’s award-winning books for my kids.

Thanks to Revell Publishing a division of Baker Publishing Group for a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.

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